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My Ever Changing Values

Years ago I sang in the choir at a synagogue in Long Island NY and as a part of that I listened to a lot of sermons. One of the things that I really struck me was the holiness of the Torah, not just what it said but the book itself. In one sermon the rabbi spoke how at one point the word was considered too powerful, a rope was tied round the waist of the rabbi as he went into the holiest part of the temple, where the Torah scrolls were kept as the power of the words and information in the Torah might knock him senseless. With the recent cyber attracts hopefully we will once again to understand the power of information that we have come to regard with such little worth. Now we seem to realize that information has the power to make or destroy us and that we should treat it with respect. Perhaps that is the journey of western civilization, we seem to make an art of making the sacred profane, moving value to an ever more shifting goal.

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Who Moved my Facebook?

As the namesake of this blog might suggest I have a certain interest in media and more to the point the so-called social media or new media. It was with the certain irrational of a man my age that I saw that Instagram is now becoming popular than Facebook and will in the future take over as the dominant social media tool. It’s not so much that I have a fondness for Facebook (I don’t) or that I do have a fondness for Instagram (I don’t) but rather that I am not looking forward to getting to know a new media outlet. With the thoughts of Moore’s law (that new technology, like a mythological snake, keeps devouring or reinventing itself every two years or so) in my head I think to myself, enough is enough. Can’t I just settle into a technology and work with it for some time. Has a younger generation become addicted to change just as an older generation may have done much to justify addictions to smoking or segregation. Has this acceptance become overpowering for those of us who just aren’t ready for the Moore tidal wave of change. Will change become its own virtue with nothing being as good as what will come next or will we simply run out of options the impossible exhaustion of the possible where time has ceased to keep everything from happening at once for everything has happened or we are drowned in a flood of every changing media.

 

 

 

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